How do you make an already amazing road trip ever better? Add in some roadside attractions! On your next trip up to the beaches of the Interlake, make a few stops along the way at these giant Interlake gems!
Selkirk: Chuck the Channel Cat
Unofficially known as the Catfishing Capital of the World, Selkirk celebrates its favourite fish with Chuck the Channel Cat - a giant statue located just outside the McDonald's on Main Street. At 11 metres in height, the cat is definitely a master catch.
Petersfield: Mallard Duck
The giant mallard duck of Petersfield isn't just a great photo op - it is also a representation of the abundance of ducks found in the marsh areas of Petersfield and Netley Lake. Quack to that!
Winnipeg Beach: Whispering Giant
Created in 1991, Winnipeg Beach's Whispering Giant statue is a tribute to the Indigenous people of Manitoba and a symbol of brotherhood. It is also the 67th piece in a bigger trail project of Whispering Giants, which began in 1970 and now reaches throughout most of North America.
Before entering the town of Gimli (also known as the Heart of New Iceland), be sure to make a stop on the right-hand side of the highway (just before Shelley D's restaurant) to snap a photo with the lighthouse roadside attraction. After that, continue on to explore the lakeside townsite and harbour.
When in Gimli, do as the Icelandic do and take a photo with a viking! The five-metre-tall statue stands in the centre of town at Viking Park, representing the community's ties to Iceland. For a bonus photo, look closer at the rocks near the walking path for the tiny homes of huldufólk or Icelandic elves.
Riverton: Lundi the Moose
The moose means a lot for the people of Riverton - particularly for the descendants of settlers who survived the cold, long winters on the meat of the animal. Built in 2007, the moose was named after the town's original title, Lundi, coined by the Icelandic settlers who arrived in 1876.